Currents in water pipes, not electrical, water currents

Edited to be accepted, my previous entry was pretty crappy, I forgot all the rules!

Taking place in modern day, in a complex of buildings all connected together and to nothing else.

I checked google with "Currents in water pipes" "Water currents in water pipes" I don't know what else to look up, everything that comes up is about electrical currents, and that's not what I'm looking for, I'm looking for the WATER current inside. Like I've seen cities put turbines in water mains, but in a house's or apartment's pipe's, or in the situation I've set up above where the complex is set up so it's cut off from the outside world and the water is pumped from a storage tank, if I put fans in the pipes, would they spin? If I tried to send something through the pipes would a current wash it away in direction of where someone has a tap open or flushed a toilet? What about if all the taps and everything was off, would the water stagnate in the pipes, even if there was a water pipe from the storage tank with a pump going to the complex?

I think I need help from a plumber!!!
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A resource of possible use and interest: the Museum of Menstruation.

(Crossposted to vaginapagina.)

The Museum of Menstruation--a grand rambling cross-referential time suck covering cultural, historical, medical, and commercial aspects of the topic, and aspiring to be the Junior Woodchucks' Guide on the subject--is a monument to the geekish obsessive special interest of one Harry Findlay: http://www.mum.org/ (Warning: the front page is text-only, but some links are NSFW.)

Just a few of the topics this mind-boggling display aisle of menstrual esoterica covers: Belts to hold sanitary pads (and if you remember those, you've almost certainly outlived your menstrual worries); artwork with menstrual themes; home remedies for menstrual discomfort sent in by his readers; various religious attitudes toward menstruation; historical menstrual hygiene methods.

(Since Findlay is growing old, and doesn't think that he as a cis man is the ideal curator of such a museum, he's sent out an invitation to anyone--preferably a current or past menstruator--interested in taking over his work and hosting his material collection: http://www.mum.org/future.htm)

Need a Major European Sporting or Public Event, September 1997

For my story I need a sporting event (or some other sort of big event) that would take a lot of supporters from France to Britain, or from Britain to France, in the second or third week of September 1997. There don't appear to have been any relevant football games (at least in the European League), and it's too early for Rugby so far as I can tell, any other suggestions? Any "friendly" games I might have missed?

Or some other event a lot of people might want to go to - a big-name rock concert or something?

I have a backup plan involving the Scottish National Referendum but sports etc. would work better.

Any suggestions?

Searches tried - European football 1997, Sporting events September 1997, Current events September 1997, etc.

Later - sorry, while this was going through the moderation queue I've had to change some plans for the story - this has to occur in the week or so before September 15th 1997. To clarify this a little, I'm looking for a reason for a lot of people (say a bus full) to travel into Britain from France on or before this date, so that some fugitives can slip into the country with them. Returning from a sports event or something like a rock concert, or travelling to one, seems like a good way to explain it.

Injury-to-order: hand injury that would allow someone to use a knife but not a gun?

*dusts off LJ account*

Hi all! I need some help puzzling out an inconsistent canon injury for fic.

Setting: Modern-day (urban), character is in a street gang and may have limited access to medical care
Scenario: Man, late teens-early 20s has his fingers injured in a knife fight. The moment itself is a discretion shot, but he's shown in canon to have a thick scar spanning the back of his hand between the base and middle knuckles. He's able to make a fist and use a knife with some dexterity, but supposedly can't squeeze a trigger to use a gun. Most of my searches brought me either a tendon injury or having the digits cut off/reattached completely, but I think he has too much movement for the latter...? Have googled various combinations of "tendon injury", "tendon injury and gun recoil", "extensor tendon knife injury", but all I seem to find are emergency medicine instructionals and vague forum posts.

Can anyone think of an injury that would fit the bill?

He needs to not be able to squeeze a trigger (also, please tell me why -- would there be a problem with recoil, or would the pressure be too much?). Maybe a botched treatment/surgery is the way to go?

Thank you so much.

Musical analysis of the theme from Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons?

In the process of looking for something else altogether, I happened upon one of the most weirdly fascinating musical pieces I've heard in a long time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDv-US1iw_M (Although this Anderson Supermarionation adventure is an iconic memory for a lot of Brits (and folks elsewhere who caught it in syndication), I'd heard of the show--as an influence on people as disparate as Gary Numan and the South Park gang--but was never personally exposed to it.)

What we have here is a vigorous John Barry espionage-a-go-go theme...given weird rhythmic feints and dodges and sour dissonances, foreshadowing Captain Scarlet's violent and darkly paranoiac atmosphere; it strikes me as somehow akin to the Doctor Who theme--a product of the same period--and the title track from Bowie's Station to Station.

So. I put it out to the more musically educated folks out in LJ-land: what's going on in this song, structurally, that would plunge it into the Uncanny Valley to a listener accustomed to Anglo-American rock and pop conventions?

Searches:
"Captain Scarlet" + "theme song"+ "time signature."
"Captain Scarlet" + "theme song" + "review" (which yielded this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/v5zf/)
"Captain Scarlet + "theme song" + "tritones".
"Captain Scarlet + "theme song" + "locrian mode".

Old West sunstroke

I am writing a fanfic for a Western fandom.  My character is a 30ish male, very strong and in good physical condition (to begin with). He is lost in desert conditions and is suffering from sunstroke (among other things) which has caused delirium and hallucinations.  He is also in a very weakened state due to insufficient food and water and being forced to do hard physical work for long hours every day.  His rescuers get him into shelter.  A doctor is summoned, but being a 19th-century frontier doctor, he's not necessarily much help.  What would the doctor and my character's friends do to help him?  Just give him water and try to keep him cool?  I know laudanum was used for all kinds of complaints in those days; in the absence of other drugs, would the doctor give him this?

TIA for any help!  

origin of a phrase

I'm writing a story set in 1870 in the United States. My character has traveled to Europe, but he's West Point trained and fought in the Civil War, and he's been a wagon master as well, taking trains out to the west coast. I need to know if I can have him say, "Okay, I'll bite."

I've tried the Urban Dictionary, Word Reference, Quora, and the Free Dictionary. They all give me the definition but not when it was first used.

Thanks very much.

'Passive' ways to break a bone/necessitate amputation

Setting: Vaguely medieval, realistic with no magic, technology wise, something like the Renaissance era. It is a short story (~2k words) that will be focusing on the MC's trauma, so the only important things about the setting that I can think of right now are that it is a monarchy, and the mainstream religion is polytheism, believing in a pantheon of god/esses.

Character: A 14-year-old princess-turned-queen due to the untimely death of her brother. She will have had physical training in horse-riding, but probably that's about it?

Content warning for physical abuse of a minorCollapse )

Spinal Cord Injury caused/complicated by previous broken vertebra.

Resurrected my ancient Livejournal account to ask a question about spinal cord injuries...

This question concerns an adult male soldier who is basically human and resides in a setting very similar to modern day earth. Assume medical knowledge is roughly equivalent to present day, but a lot of technology and treatment is beyond this character's reach as he lives in a war zone in a country that regards its working class citizens as disposable. He is injured twice in the course of the war: the second injury leaves him permanently paraplegic. Is it possible for a previous injury to his spine to cause a weakness or instability that might make it more likely that his spinal cord would be severed following a second injury to his back? I have referred to Primary Surgery: volume 2, Trauma and the Red Cross publication "war surgery", and have googled "consequences of untreated sci", "untreated, unstable spinal fracture", "bone fragment sci", "projectile retained in sci". (The last two because I was running out of ideas).

It's currently integral to the plot for him to be injured twice, briefly hospitalised the first time and then permanently disabled the second time. I wanted the second injury to be connected to the first injury but I am beginning to wonder if it's actually possible. Do I just make him unlucky and give him two separate, unconnected injuries, or is what I want possible?